We humans were created for a purpose bigger than ourselves or anything else in this world. Paul gives us a glimpse of this purpose in Romans 8.
In verse 29 Paul tells us that God’s ultimate purpose is that we might be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. The Father always delighted in his dearly loved Son with whom he was well pleased. And so he eagerly desired a vast family of sons like his Son. This heart passion gave birth to his ultimate purpose.
In verses 15-18 Paul tells us that now the Father gives us the Spirit of adoption enabling us to live as the family of sons and daughters in union with his Son. The Spirit of adoption enables us to cry Abba Father in full assurance while leading us daily into the life of dearly loved children before our Father. In the Spirit of adoption we are daily transformed into the likeness of God’s Son so that our final destiny is already happening.
Looking towards the future Paul invites us to see the whole of creation waiting in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For Creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God (19-22).
The Father’s purpose is all about his Son and the children in union with him. That’s us! And so we find a purpose that is bigger than ourselves or anything else in this world within his purpose